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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Less white equals more green for schools

NEWTON

Energy and snow removal savings from this year's mild winter have allowed the School Department to pay both for its share of eight new modular classrooms and for a comprehensive study of the elementary school facilities, officials told the school committee last night.

The school department is kicking in $200,000 toward the cost of the modular classrooms, which have been made necessary by soaring elementary enrollments. Last week, the Board of Aldermen voted to authorize its share of the funding, $1 million, and approved design plans for installing one modular classroom at both the Bowen and Horace Mann schools, and two apiece at the Cabot, Pierce, and Zervas schools.

The school facilities study is expected to cost $70,000 and will help the committee plan capital improvements to the city's overcrowded and dilapidated elementary and middle schools.

-- Ralph Ranalli and Connie Paige

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